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Aired: September 18, 1955
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis host the season premiere of the series now titled The Colgate Variety Hour.
The show opens with Martin as Hal April, the host of The $64,000,000 Question. Lewis plays returning champ Morty M.M. Morton who, against his will, is risking his winnings for more cash. Once he survives a ridiculously hard question in the isolation booth, he's ready for the $64,000,000 question. He's given headphones and placed in a huge tank of water. As Martin reads the long question, he keeps shoving Lewis underwater, which leads to many ad-libs from the soaking wet Jerry. At one point, a sputtering Lewis yells, 'Haven't you heard? The feud is over!"
On a train station set, Dean sings "Nevertheless, I'm in Love With You."
In a pool hall sketch, Martin is trying to play a game, but Lewis shows up causing nothing but distractions. Before it's all over, they're both covered in chalk dust. He then pitches Martin on a song he's written called, "Yetta, I Can't Forget Her." When Martin passes on it, Lewis turns on the radio to hear Sinatra singing it. They wrap up the sketch by stepping in front of the curtain and performing "Side by Side." This version talks about their recent feuding and how they're now made up.
A boxer (Lewis) makes his debut as a singer, with his nose taped down and lots of "dees" and "dohs" in the lyric.
In a nightclub setting, Martin performs "I Like 'Em All." Then Lewis comes out to plug their new movie You're Never Too Young. He then introduces Freddie Bell and the Bellhops who perform the rock-and-roll song "Rock'a Beat Boogie." Dean and Jerry join the band for a crazy rock tune called "Shake a Hand", with Lewis doing a whole lot of shaking and shrieking.
In the final break, they thank Sinatra for singing "Yetta" earlier and plug his appearance in Our Town "tomorrow night on NBC color and black and white networks." They then reprise their "Side by Side" number as the credits roll.
This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV
Audio/Visual: sound, b/w
Keywords: Colgate Comedy Hour; Dean Martin; Jerry Lewis; Freddie Bell; Freddie Bell and the Bellhops; pool hall; boxer; rock and roll; funny; family; old time radio; Classic TV; 1955
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: The show that brightens your teeth
Interesting comedy, beautifully preserved on kinescope.
The rock and roll performance was.....interesting, and has historical value due to the relative rarity of such footage from 1955.
The original commercials are fun and add some context of the times to the episode.
Subject: The Colgate Comedy Hour.
Season 6, episode 1.
Original air date: 18 September 1955.
Cast: Dean Martin (Himself- Host/ Various Characters), Jerry Lewis (Himself- Host/ Various Characters), Freddie Bell and the Bellboys (Themselves- Singers), Wendell Niles (Himself- Announcer) and Dick Stabile (Himself- Orchestra Leader).
Good opening sketch, Good interpretation by Dean Martin. Jerry Lewis better than usual.
Subject: Sorry Mates, The Best TV Show On The Archive Is.....
BBC's 1984. http://www.archive.org/details/Meatpies_1984
Check it out.
Subject: Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!
The best vintage tv show on Internet Archive. Video and audio quality are superb. Download the MPEG1 version - it's worth waiting for. I've never seen a better kinescope. Was this an early monochrome video tape? The skits were absolutely hilarious. The music was great, especially the early rock band "the bellhops". 56 years later this show loses nothing. Proof again that 21st century tv is pure garbage. Oh what we have lost!